Why Is Ted Cruz Still Working? Doesn’t He Know His Career Is Over?

I guess some will claim that Ted Cruz “didn’t get the memo.” An interesting headline comes from the Houston Chronicle: “At home in Houston, Cruz continues fight against Obamacare.” But the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land now, just like the Fugitive Slave Act and all those other unchangeable laws of the past that we are embarrassed to mention since we have abolished them. So what can Cruz be thinking? I thought his career was over since he had alienated everyone in both houses Read more […]

Robbed Twice: “Thousands Get Health Insurance Cancellation Notices”

I missed this earlier. Naturally, the writer tries to pretend the cancellations are only one side of a positive story about Obamacare rather than a disaster: Health plans are sending hundreds of thousands of cancellation letters to people who buy their own coverage, frustrating some consumers who want to keep what they have and forcing others to buy more costly policies. The main reason insurers offer is that the policies fall short of what the Affordable Care Act requires starting Jan. 1. Most Read more […]

Finding Out What’s In It: Congress Passed Another Bill Without Reading It

I supposed if I refer to “that dam bill” someone will think I am swearing. But in this case I’m referring to the funding of a dam on the Ohio River. It was in the government budget/debt ceiling bill and not many who voted for it knew it was in there: McCain told Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren Wednesday he had “never even heard of” the project and questioned why it had been included in the bipartisan plan to end the budget crisis. “They stuck in some stuff which, of course, they couldn’t Read more […]

John Boehner Received A Standing Ovation Last Night

“So this is how liberty dies… with thunderous applause”. from elreystadesnudo on Vimeo. I got this idea from a Facebook friend. I’m sure many others thought of this. As much as I hated Episodes 1-3 as movies in the Star Wars series, the storyline is quite helpful to understanding the times. Read more […]

Government Shutdown Theater Was Really National Security Theater?

Jonathan Jarvis, the Director of National Park Services says he’s responsible for closing the open air monuments. According to Politico.com, he was subpoenaed and testified: “The monuments and memorials on the National Mall do not take care of themselves,” Jarvis told the lawmakers, who had seized on the spectacle of metal barricades around open-air sites like the World War II Memorial. “Our rangers are there to prevent vandalism and impact to the monuments and the memorials. All of those Read more […]

Who Cares If We Can’t Defund Obamacare? Deflating Obama Is Worth It

The Reuter’s story says it all: President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that stalled immigration reform would be a top priority once the fiscal crisis has been resolved. “Once that’s done, you know, the day after, I’m going to be pushing to say, call a vote on immigration reform,” he told the Los Angeles affiliate of Spanish-language television network Univision. The president’s domestic agenda has been sidetracked in his second term by one problem after another. As he coped with the revelation Read more […]

Pat Buchanan: Republican Politicians Hate Republican Voters And The Media Applauds

The media/liberal (but I repeat myself) hysteria against the Republicans in Congress who are demanding that Obamacare be delayed a year are being treated as if they were evil. Yet all they are doing is (1) honoring the wishes of the voters who put them into office and (2) ignoring the wishes of Wall Street money or other people who are not in their district. Here we have a situation where, for once, our government is not being completely run by an oligarchy. There are a sizable number of people Read more […]

Truckers Descend On D.C. For…What Exactly?

Public demonstrations of protest and the ability to engage in them are cornerstones of a free nation. The goal of protesting the government is that the government will hear your complaints and take your concerns into consideration. This presupposes that the government actually cares at all what you think. If a protest is being held at the National Mall or on the steps of the Capitol building, then the clear object being protested, or at least besought for its attention, is the government itself. Read more […]

Shutdown Austerity: No Money for Kids’ Cancer Treatments; PBS, NPR Still Get $445 Million

I wrote the other day that I was waiting for Big Bird to make the headlines amid this government shutdown, lamenting to his young viewers that due to the Republican-led shutdown, he wouldn’t be able to be on the TV anymore. Well, he’s made headlines, but not for that reason. The headline is that he’s still getting paid big bucks while children’s cancer treatments get halted. You can’t get more “political leverage” than kids with cancer. (Well, I suppose what would top that would Read more […]

62% Blame Shutdown On GOP. Time to Get Serious, Guys!

Much conservative ado is being made over a new Associated Press-GfK poll that puts President Obama’s job-approval rating at a new low: 37 percent, or the average for President George W. Bush’s second term. It certainly is significant, considering that The AP is a left-leaning organization and that Gallup, a conservative polling group, had Obama four percentage points above that just last week. What conservatives are not talking about are the inconvenient revelations in the poll, numbers that Read more […]

In Spite of “Shutdown,” National Park Service OK’s Immigration Reform Rally

If you’re a World War II Veteran, you won’t be able to visit the War Memorial that might bear the names of some of your old and fallen war buddies. If you’re a Vietnam Vet, you might get arrested for trying to visit the Vietnam Memorial in New York City. If you want to jog on a national park trail, you might get ticketed $100. If you live in a house that sits on federal land, you might get booted out. If you own a business that sits on federal land, park rangers might block the Read more […]

Park Service Tries To Shut Down Private Businesses Due To Government Shutdown

I keep waiting for Big Bird to make the headlines again, appearing on PBS and telling kids that he won’t be able to do any more shows because of the government “shutdown.” He might tell his young viewers that he hasn’t been able to get a paycheck because there isn’t enough money, and as a result, he hasn’t been able to pay his rent or put food on the table for his little bird kids. He would tell his viewers that if they want him to continue to be able to air shows on public TV, they’ll Read more […]